"Look down, look down!" But we advise that you don't take Jean Valjean's advice when Les Miserables comes to town. The Tony Award-winning musical brings a tale of love, passion, sacrifice and redemption, narrated by unforgettable songs. We dare you not to cry when you hear Fantine sing "I dreamed a dream" and feel your blood boil with "Red and Black."
The Details: Sept. 21–30. See website for times.$28–$120. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, ppacri.org.
What better way down local oysta’s than while listening to live music and drinking a few beers? The Ocean State Oyster Festival lets you do just that with a ticket that get you a half-dozen locally sourced oysters, a local micro-brewed beer or wine and food from several food trucks. In addition to fun eats, there will be an array of activities, educational exhibits and a of course, a shucking contest.
The Details: Sept. 23. 1–7 p.m. $25. River Walk Park, South Water Street, Providence, oysterfestri.com.
We've all had moments when we see one of the many beautiful buildings of Providence and wonder what it looks like inside. Are there creaky old stairs? Hoardes of treasure? You can finally find out with the Doors Open RI Festival, a free citywide open house that provides behind-the-scenes access to more than twenty places and spaces across Providence. Experience the attic of City Hall, luxurious interiors of Barnaby Castle, recording studios of RI Public Radio and more. Image by Christan Scully, Design Imaging Studios.
The Details: Sept. 23. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Open access times for sites vary.) Free. Free transportation provided by RIPTA. Locations across Providence. Doorsopenri.org.
Experience high style, fine wines and fabulous food at the four- day wine and food festival. Celebrity chefs and epicurists gather with the splendor of Newport as their backdrop. Whether you sample wine, grab a bite of cuisine from local, regional and national restaurants or spend an evening enjoying a five-course meal, this festival will satiate.
The Details: Sept. 21–24. See website for times and prices. Various locations in Newport. newportmansions.org.
Bask in the glow of Providence’s ultimate urban experience at one of the last remaining WaterFire's of the season. Listen to the sounds of the city come to life as you wander the waterfront and take a picture with a gargoyle. Watch the firedancers light the basins, grab some street grub and enjoy the cool, early autumn air.
The Details: Sept. 23. Basin lighting begins at sunset. Free. Waterplace Basin, Providence, waterfire.org.